Fighters loyal to Yemen's government ride on the back of a truck on a road leading to the front line of fighting against Houthi militiamen in the southwestern city of Taiz November 16, 2015. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub
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Yemeni loyalists and Saudi-led coalition forces launched an offensive Monday to retake the key battleground province of Taiz from Iran-backed rebels as uncertainty surrounded the fate of U.N.-brokered peace talks. At least 30 fighters were killed Monday, including 16 soldiers after their vehicle hit a land mine, military sources said.The rebel-controlled Saba news agency said the insurgents repelled attempts to advance on four fronts toward Waziaa.Military officials have said the coalition sent major reinforcements before they advanced toward Taiz, Yemen's third-biggest city. Military officials Sunday spoke of major coalition reinforcements of troops and equipment arriving in Taiz from Aden.A 400-strong Sudanese force arrived in Aden this month in support of loyalist forces, joining 500 who arrived in October.
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